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Aquafornia news The Mountain Democrat

Sierra Nevada Conservancy awards $3 million for restoration projects

Each of the selected projects strike at the heart of the Sierra Nevada watershed improvement program, SNC’s large-scale restoration initiative designed to improve ecosystem and community resilience in the region.

Aquafornia news Voice of America

Power plants create giant water battery

The Lake Hodges facility near San Diego, a relatively small 40 megawatt generating station, is one of 40 pumped storage facilities around the United States, and its operator says it is helping the state meet its ambitious goals. San Diego is planning a larger system at another site, the San Vicente reservoir, again using two water sources at different elevations.

Aquafornia news Santa Ynez Valley News

Santa Barbara County grand jury says Cachuma Project needs entirely new contract

Santa Barbara County Water Agency should seek a completely new contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation rather than simply renewing the 1995 Cachuma Project contract in 2020, a grand jury found during an investigation into the contract process.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Borrego Air Ranch: A desert community in peril

The survival of a tiny, unique desert neighborhood is threatened because more than 60 years ago the community decided to form a small water district instead of digging individual wells. Borrego Air Ranch is built around a private air strip where residents’ garages double as airplane hangers.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Pure Water Monterey in default on agreement after missing Monday deadline

Pure Water Monterey, the highly touted recycled water project, is in default on a water purchase agreement with California American Water after failing to meet a Monday deadline for delivering potable water even as the project’s costs rise amid the delay.

Aquafornia news Phoenix New Times

Border wall threatens Southwest’s last free-flowing river

Only one undammed river in the American Southwest still flows freely, and it begins just south of the border, in Sonora, Mexico. From there, the San Pedro River courses north into Arizona, a rare and unbarricaded corridor that is a haven and vital water source for a vast array of plants and wildlife…

Aquafornia news High Country News

Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty, six decades later

The original treaty was implemented before the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act, the 1973 Endangered Species Act and a host of legal shifts that bolstered Indigenous rights… These hallmarks of change emphasize the need to include environmental protection and equity in an updated treaty.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Dam opening sparks moment to reflect

On the last Saturday in June, a road in Butte County was opened. That in itself isn’t anything unusual. Roads are opened and closed regularly around here. But it was the significance of this road that makes it a remarkable occurrence. It was the road over Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Opinion: California needs to build Sites Reservoir. Here’s why

We need a broad portfolio of solutions that includes storage above and below ground, conservation, and other options such as traditional recycled and potable reuse to help ensure we can better manage this vital resource when the next inevitable drought comes along. … One part of that solution is the proposed Sites Reservoir.

Aquafornia news Inkstain.net

Blog: How Parker Dam might have been the Colorado River’s first

If you want to dam rivers, as we were inclined across much of the 20th century, the location of the current Parker Dam on the Lower Colorado River makes sense – a narrow gap just downstream from the confluence of the Colorado and Bill Williams rivers on the Arizona-California border.

Aquafornia news The Revelator

Blog: Let rivers flood: Communities adopt new strategies for resilience

In 2016 California’s rainy season kicked off right on schedule, at the beginning of October. … By February there was so much water filling Northern California’s rivers that Oroville Dam, the tallest in the country, threatened to break after its spillway and emergency spillways both failed. It was a wake-up call. In just a few months California had gone from five-year-drought to deluge, ending up with the second wettest year on record for the state.

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is off Monday (Jan. 21), the federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. We will return with a full slate of water news on Tuesday.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking news and on Facebook where we post Foundation-related news and a weekend water read.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

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Happy Holidays From Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Thanks for being avid readers of Aquafornia in 2018!

Aquafornia is off for the holidays but will return with a full slate of water news on Jan. 2, 2019.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking water news and on Facebook where we post a weekend water read on most Sundays and Foundation-related news.

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Happy Veterans Day from Aquafornia

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is off Friday, Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans Day.

We will return with a full slate of water news on Monday, Nov. 13.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking news and on Facebook where we post Foundation-related news and a weekend water read.

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Happy Holidays From Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Thanks for being avid readers of Aquafornia in 2016!

Aquafornia is off for the holidays but will return with a full slate of water news on Jan. 3, 2017.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking water news and on Facebook where we post a weekend water read on most Sundays and Foundation-related news.

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Happy Cesar Chavez Day From Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is taking off the state holiday today that honors Cesar Chavez.

We will be back on Friday with a full slate of water news.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking water news and on Facebook where we post a weekend water read on most Sundays.

– From the staff at the Water Education Foundation

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